SXSW Send Off Party

SXSW Send Off Party

Kids These Days, In Tall Buildings, Mike Musikanto, Hollywood Holt, The Waco Brothers, Outer Minds, Cains & Abels, Redgrave, Unicycle Loves You, Football, Paper Thick Walls

Sat, March 10, 2012

1:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00 at the door

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SXSW Send Off Party
SXSW Send Off Party
11 bands headed to Austin for SXSW hit the stage for an all-day showcase with the proceeds going to their respective treks down to the lone star state.

130 - Group Photo

200 - 230 - Jon Langford

300 - 330 - Tom Schraeder

400 - 430 - Todays Hits

500 - 530 - The Lemons

600 - 630 - Modern Vices

700 - 730 - Running

800 - 830 - MAMA

900 - 930 - My Gold Mask

1000 - 1030 - Psalm One

1100 - 1145 - Sidewalk Chalk

1200 - 245 - Glass Lux DJ Sets

Food truck DönerMen will be on site at 430! DönerMen is German Imbiss (street food). Where Bavarian beer hall fare is what Americans have come to think of as German food, Imbiss is a popular and rich side of German cuisine that draws from various intersecting food cultures in Europe.
Kids These Days
Kids These Days
Kids These Days comes from Chicago but their music comes from everywhere. With three horns, a rapper, a blues-rock trio and a female singer, KTD blends a wide range of influences -- hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues, and classic rock -- into a unique, fresh sound that breaks boundaries while honoring America’s musical heritage.
In Tall Buildings
In Tall Buildings
Erik Hall worked patiently and solitarily for four years to craft Driver, his sophomore album as In Tall Buildings. Produced between his home studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and a ’60s farmhouse in Leelanau County, Michigan, the album comes twenty years after Hall originally fell in love with home recording at age 13 – the year he got his hands on his first multitrack recorder.

Raised in downtown Chicago, Hall played drums and guitar in high school rock bands, and then went on to study percussion and audio engineering at the University of Michigan. While in college he joined the avant afro-funk band NOMO and met His Name is Alive’s Warn Defever, who produced many of the band’s albums. Under Defever’s tutelage, Hall honed many of the recording and production techniques he would later apply to his solo recordings. As he explains, “I was the guy in the band badgering him with questions throughout the sessions, trying to learn everything I could and then trying it out myself at home.” As a multi-instrumentalist and producer Hall eventually went on to record and tour with several groups, including old friends His Name is Alive and, more recently, dream-pop duo Wild Belle, performing the rhythm section tracks and lending an engineering hand to their Columbia Records debut.

In 2010 Hall’s home recording efforts yielded the first In Tall Buildings album, which The Huffington Post called “gorgeous indie-pop”, and the Chicago Tribune found “hypnotic”. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he summed up much of his philosophy about composition with a pair of conflicting quotes he attributes to Allen Ginsberg and Kurt Vonnegut, respectively: “First thought, best thought” and “Edit yourself, mercilessly.” Loosely guided by these principles, Hall set out once again to assemble a new batch of songs, when he wasn’t recording and touring with other bands.

In stark contrast to the dense polyrhythms echoed by NOMO’s albums, Driver uses a relatively simple palette to create spacious pop songs, leaving plenty of room for Hall’s often Peter Gabriel-esque vocals to shine. The music, though culled from every guitar, keyboard, and drum he managed to fit into his home studio, is powerful in it’s restrained simplicity, and it’s a compelling foil to the haunting gravity of his vocal performance. Never rushed, his melodies deliver elliptical lyrics that manage to feel intimate, while retaining a sense of mystery. Ultimately, the album’s melancholic vibe is relatable, rather than moping or histrionic, and in the end these songs are incredibly comforting and inviting.
Mike Musikanto
Mike Musikanto
Mike Musikanto is the spinoff of the series, Sleeper Car. After touring with the Chicago quintet for 3 + years, Musikanto has established himself as a prolific singer/songwriter. Born Mike Musikanto on Chicago's Northside in 1983 (but performing under only his last name), he grew up listening to his fathers obscure folk and roots rock records like Fraser and Debolt and Jerry Hahn. With a propensity towards heartbreaking ballads and melodic melodrama, Musikanto's songs have the bite of a Chicago winter. Celebrating elements of orchestral music, country and jazz, Musikanto manages to maintain the continuity of the American Folk tradition with undoubting ease.
Hollywood Holt
Hollywood Holt
Hollywood Holt is a star, and if you haven't heard of him yet, you better believe you will soon. Hollywood, self-proclaimed "best rapper alive", spits his smart and funny rhymes at shows all over the world, bringing people back to the more fun (but still innovative) side of hip hop. Hollywood is a friend amongst celebrities, a big name among tastemakers and trendsetters alike, and has created a big buzz internationally surrounding the release of his upcoming album from Chocolate Industries, aptly titled "Hollywood".
The Waco Brothers
The Waco Brothers
Quite possibly the best live rock band on the planet. We've seen them a hundred and sixty seven times, and the Waco Brothers never fail to entertain with their train wreck approach to country. Subtlety is for the weak, so they've chosen the path of optimum mayhem and tomfoolery. In their rollicking career, they have been called everything from the flagship act of the alternative country "movement" to pure butchery. Both are likely to be correct.
Outer Minds
Outer Minds
Outer Minds have descended upon a sound that's reflected the last half decade of trudging and persisting, honing their craft into a sleek, moody, and more intense vehicle, tightly locked into its groove, and a perfect sum of it's five unique parts. Escaping the trappings of the mundane minions of psych-peddlers and reverb rookies clouding up the landscape, these five have burst through, and turned into a darker, more ominous machine, sharpening their claws and sawing their infectious melodic mesmerizations into your soul.

Awash with surging melodies and vocal walls so high you can't even see the top, this band is finally getting the double-takes and longing stares they've been deserving for years, pulling in new converts at a steady clip and winning over the wretched simultaneously. The familiar, yet haunting organ interwoven with the 12-string Danelectro vibrations instantly sends chills to all your extremities, and the pulsating rhythm throbs and pummels its way right into oblivion, causing the energy levels at live performances to reach dizzying heights. As they sharpen their sound into a legion of 60s pop/psych textures and nuances normally reserved for the baroque set with their impeccable glockenspiel-laden arrangements, Outer Minds weave a rich web of sound around hypnotic hooks and deliver an impressive performance both live and on record, equally worthy of your immediate attention. With all five integral members serving time in such illustriously diverse bands as Baseball Furies, The Deccas, Black Beauties, Lover!, Functional Blackouts and The Runnies, it's no wonder how well they come together as Outer Minds, breaking through into a higher state of mind and forming a true force in Chicago underground music for years to come.
Cains & Abels
Cains & Abels
Although they’ve regularly been compared to certain lovesick folksingers, Cains & Abels lack any of the helplessness so often present in the classic folk rock oeuvre. Sampson writes songs that are indeed heartbroken—for lack of money, love, communication—but they’re also hopeful and aware of their own strength. Like the ballads born out of the mountains in the Appalachians, Cains & Abels songs tell stories using rich imagery and narrative. Sampson, however, doesn’t tell his tale over an acoustic guitar. This is rock and roll that recalls the sounds that lived inside Sampson’s teenage boom box: from classic soul and Elvis to more modern players like Neutral Milk Hotel and Will Oldham.
Sampson has a galloping, powerful voice, and it glides over the rich, warm guitar chords and spare drum beats of the bands emotive songs like a sermon and, sometimes, like a plea. The songs themselves present that opposition at times. They can be quiet and introspective, and then, at the next turn, booming and bursting with universal themes. Their new album, My Life Is Easy, begins with a soft harmony and a nearly tribal beat, with Sampson’s big voice filling the space with a plea for communication. On paper, this need is simple, something solved by a tiny phone call, but for a Cains & Abels song, the tiny call becomes a battle cry.
Redgrave
Redgrave
Redgrave is Angie Mead (guitar, vox) and Stephen Howard (drums), a rock duo from Chicago.

Mead started writing and recording Redgrave songs in marathon stretches beginning August 2010 from her home in Chicago after furniture was moved into storage and replaced with recording equipment, drums and guitars. What started out as her scratch demos recorded through the audio of the video function from an old iPod Nano has since become a distinctive, cohesive 2-piece rock outfit.

Mead sent these demos to Chicago musician Stephen Howard (Pinebender, Ambulette) after wanting him to be her drummer for nearly years. They've been playing together as Redgrave since January, 2011.

Tim Rutili of Califone/Red Red Meat fame lends his guitar prowess to the track Gone to Wither, featured on the Redgrave debut 7″ (Lovitt Records, 9-26-11 ) with art design by David Yow, produced by Stephen Howard, recorded and mixed by Greg Norman at his studio in Chicago.
Unicycle Loves You
Unicycle Loves You
"Unicycle Loves You is unabashedly a noise-pop band, but not in the (no-fi) sense that Sisters, Japanther, Railcars, or early No Age jams are noise-pop. Rather, singer/guitarist Jim Carroll, singer/bassist Nicole Vitale, and drummer J.T. Baker author lo-fi indie-pop bangers that graft together figurative bits and pieces of underground 1990s/2000s bands they love with oddball sonic feints and samples. In Unicycle songs—which somehow manage to combine "mid-tempo" with "high-octane"—you might encounter trace amounts of My Bloody Valentine, Belly, Guided By Voices, Of Montreal, the High Water Marks, the Fiery Furnaces, The Strokes, and Belle & Sebastian, bathed in Carroll and Vitale's mawkish, harmonized sarcasm and concentrated bursts of effects-pedal napalm."
- The Village Voice
Football
Football
Jim McCann, Jered Gummere, Mike Lust, R. Srini
Paper Thick Walls
Paper Thick Walls
Paper Thick Walls presents an elegant mix of deep, reflective, and at times haunting music that is littered with small specs of colorful light. Their songs quickly caught the attention of sound engineer Mike Hagler (Neko Case, Wilco) who engineered Paper Thick Walls’ first record, to be released in early 2011 and supported with a strong US tour. This past year, Paper Thick Walls was asked to play at several taste maker music festivals including North by Northeast, South by Southwest, and CMJ Music Marathon.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com